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Interested in an job that could help lead to a position in graphic design.

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  • Interested in an job that could help lead to a position in graphic design.

    Hi, I am currently unemployed and seeking a new line of work that would look good on a resume to a potential employer if I wanted to get into graphic design. Would any of you have any suggestions?

    I have had plenty of retail and food service experience, but my understanding is that there is oftentimes plenty of hardware and software knowledge that can go into a graphic design job, so I'd like to seek out an opportunity that would help me get a handle on one or both of these, while having little experience in the industry. I'll admit I feel ill equipped currently to apply for a position as a graphic designer. I would guess there are opportunities out there that would train you to do what you need to do to be a graphic designer with their company, although I wouldn't have the first clue on how to find them.

    Thanks all!

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    Quite honestly? For every design position advertised there are literally probably 100 applicants all with college degrees and some semblance of knowing the software involved (which is why we don't advertise.) With all that out there, no one wants to take the time to train someone from the ground up. Heck, even college design interns are a huge time suck, but we do it as part of their education.

    Not saying you won't find something. All I can do is wish you luck.

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    • #3
      You didn't mention where you're from, so I'll assume the U.S.

      Entry-level positions as a graphic designer typically start with a bachelor's degree in design or a closely related field, plus a year or two of internships while in school and a great portfolio of work.

      There are no legal or licensing requirements for graphic designers, but from a practical standpoint, the field is so oversaturated that employers usually don't bother with those not having degrees. A half century ago, many employers did what you're assuming is still the case and trained promising new employees in the trade. This still happen today too, but it's become quite rare,

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      • #4
        Hi Overground55 and welcome to GDF.

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        • #5
          It's going to be extremely difficult to make that happen without some formal education on your resume (at least). Like Print Driver said, the industry is rather flooded with designers. Just recently my company posted an ad looking for a junior artist to supplement/support my work (as I also handle print production) and we must have received over 100 resumes in less than 2 days.

          No education? no experience? no portfolio? Immediately removed from being considered.

          It's tough.

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